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Diploma in Solar Photovoltaics: Principles, Technologies & Materials

In this free online course learn about the principles, technologies and materials used in solar photovoltaics.

Engineering
Free Course
In this free online course, you will learn about solar energy, solar cells, solar radiation the fundamental aspects of solar radiation, the atmospheric effects on solar radiation, and measuring sunrise and sunset. Start the course to find out more about measuring solar radiation, the basics of P-N junctions and the effects of bias, the characteristics of P-N junctions, manufacturing silicon and the generations of PV technologies.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

In this free online course, you will learn about learn about the principles, technologies and materials used in solar photovoltaics. The course will introduce you to solar energy, solar cells, solar radiation, the fundamental aspects of solar radiation, and identifying atmospheric effects on solar radiation. You will also learn about the effect of location on time, and measuring the Sun-Earth angular rotations.

Next, the course teaches you about the energy band diagram in semi-conductors, and the concept of carrier diffusion. You learn about the basics of P-N junctions including topics such as the characteristics of P-N junctions, forward and reverse bias on P-N junction devices, the effects of bias on P-N junctions, and determining I-V characteristics in dark and light / under illumination.

Finally, the course covers the manufacture of silicon, as well as the first, second and third generations of solar PV technologies. You will also be introduced to the manufacturing processes of various types of solar cells and issues involved in making organic solar cells including cadmium telluride solar cells, bilayer solar cells, multijunction solar cells, perovskite solar cells and CZTS solar cells. Start the course today and learn about the principles, technologies and materials used in solar photovoltaics.

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Modules

Introduction to Solar Energy

Fundamentals of Semi-Conductors

Carrier Transport

Diploma in Solar Photovoltaics: Principles, Technologies & Materials - First Assessment

Semi-Conductor Junctions

Essential Characteristics of Solar Photovoltaic Devices

First Generation Solar Cells

Second Generation Solar Cells

Third Generation Solar Cells

Diploma in Solar Photovoltaics: Principles, Technologies & Materials - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you will be able to:


  • Explain what solar cells are and how solar radiation is converted using solar cells
  • Discuss the atmospheric effects on solar radiation and the effect of location on time
  • Discuss the conductivity and resitivity of semi-conductors
  • Identify the basics and principles of P-N junctions
  • Explain the characteristics of P-N junctions
  • Describe P-N junction analysis in dark and in light
  • Identify the processes in the manufacturing of silicon
  • Describe the various generational evolution of PV technologies.

Certification

All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

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An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

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